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Desy Safan-Gerard: the Boulez Series Desy Safan-Gerard: Art & Music

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Following a post from the psychoanalysis and culture list, I came upon Desy Safan-Gerard's site. She has a psychoanalyst practice in Venice, California, and is also a practicing artist.
Desy Safan-Gerard: Boulez Series Safan-Gerard's discussion of her Boulez Series of Paintings.

I was particularly fascinated by her description of the interplay in creativity between art and music:

" Paul Klee, who was himself a competent musician, was initially suspicious of any attempt to represent music graphically. . . . During a lecture of creativity Pierre Boulez gave in Los Angeles, he was asked which composers had inspired him the most. To the musicologists’ surprise, Boulez replied, “The paintings and writings of Paul Klee”. He then elaborated on the value of stepping out of one’s own artistic realm to gain insight from other art forms. During that lecture Boulez also stated that a composer is a thief. So is the poet, the painter and anyone involved in putting things together in a new way. Boulez was sanctioning our need to take from each other to discover something of us in it and make that something our own."
Scroll about a third of the way down the file to find this quote.

Expressison takes many forms. The written word is only one of these forms. This is an excellent starting point to wonder how dominant discourse, denial, and the imposition of silence affect each of these means of expression, and how some means, like music and art, manage to circumvent the denial and normative expectations. We'll also talk about how many trends, like RAP, MTV, appeal to the young as means of circumventing what they feel but may not be able to articulate.

Safan-Gerard also expresses an idea we consider often in our sociological analysis of art: the ownership of the work and the disappearing artist or author. Safan-Gerard says:

"I believe that during the creative process work eventually becomes independent of its sources, acquiring a new and independent life. It also becomes separate and independent from us, the creators. And that is a constant source of amazement to me." (Last paragraph of the file.)